CPCC celebrates 50th anniversary by hosting events at all campus locations

CHARLOTTE – Central Piedmont Community College will host a variety of community-friendly events at its six campus locations this month to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The events coincide with Governor Pat McCrory’s proclamation naming April 2013 as “North Carolina Community College System Excellence in Education Month.”

In honor of its golden anniversary, CPCC will host the following events:

• Annual car show and open house

This event will feature cars from the last 50 years with 20 different class competitions. Winners will be awarded in each class. The family-friendly event will have live music, food, demonstrations of car safety tips, interior dyeing of car fabric, special paint finishes, hybrid vehicles, Carolina CAT construction equipment and public safety awareness information.

Where: Merancas Campus, 11930 Verhoeff Dr., Huntersville

When: April 20, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cost: Free for spectators, $25 registration fee for car show participants

All events are open to the public. For more information visit, www.cpcc.edu/50years.

• Arbor Day Celebration

CPCC’s Horticulture Department will host an event that will include a tree planting and bench dedication on the campus’s grounds. Barbeque lunch will be provided.

Where: Cato Campus, 8120 Grier Rd.

When: April 26, 11 a.m.

Cost: Free.

• Sensoria

A celebration of the arts, attendees will enjoy a variety of performances, exhibits, speakers and events. CPCC Theatre and CPCC Opera will perform, New York Times bestselling author Ron Rush and international poet Li-Young Lee will speak and the Tosco Music Party will provide live tunes. New this year is Sensoria Nights, highlighting an event each evening.

Where: Central Campus, 1201 Elizabeth Ave.

When: April 12-20

Cost: Most events are free. For information about ticketed performances visit, tix.cpcc.edu. Visit sensoria.cpcc.edu for a full schedule of events.

• Legacy Garden Dedication

This dedication will honor and celebrate the many departed individuals who have contributed to the success of Harper Campus since its founding in 1999.

Where: Harper Campus, 315 West Hebron St.

When: April 30, 2:30 p.m.

Cost: Free.

• Early Childhood Garden Celebration

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and garden celebration will take place on the back patio. The Early Childhood Education Division and Friendship Gardens is sponsoring the event. Attendees can help name the new garden.

Where: Harris Campus, 3210 CPCC Harris Campus Dr.

When: April 16, 1 p.m.

Cost: Free.

• Disc Golf Tournament

Organizers will be available to teach the sport to those who’ve never played. Commemorative 50th anniversary gold discs will be available for purchase. Participants will play on a nine-hole course, designed and provided by Innova.

Where: Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Rd., Matthews

When: April 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: Free.

Local resident passes NC Bar Exam

HUNTERSVILLE – Justin Moore recently passed the N.C. Bar exam. He graduated from the College of William and Mary Law School in December 2012. He was a former Huntersville Board of Commissioner candidate in 2005 and was a member of the Huntersville planning board 2006-2007.

Cornelius Elementary to host Beginners’ Day

CORNELIUS – Cornelius Elementary will host its Beginners’ Day from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on April 18.

The purpose is for parents and new students to learn about kindergarten expectations and what it takes to be a successful student at Cornelius Elementary School. 

Discussions will include the first week of school expectations; staggered entry, transportation, lunch, attendance, speech, immunizations, before and after school care, and more. 

New students will get to experience a day in kindergarten during various planned activities. They will also take a tour of our school with their parents.

Huntersville Elementary to host Beginners’ Night

HUNTERSVILLE – Beginners’ Night Registration for Huntersville Elementary School will take place at 6 p.m. on April 25 in the school cafeteria.

Children entering kindergarten for the 2013-2014 school year will get to visit classrooms, meet teachers, create an art project, have a snack and dance while their parents receive an overview of the HES kindergarten program.

HES is in the process of registering children for the 2013-2014 school year. Those needing to register their child should call the school at 980-343-3835. Registration forms can be picked up at the school office.

Parents to receive tips on packing healthy lunches

CHARLOTTE – Pioneer Springs Community School is hosting Tara Moore at 7 p.m. on April 16 to inspire parents on how to become more green and eat healthy at the same time

An environmentalist, organic gardener, teacher, nutrition-buff and mom, Moore will share ideas on how to create healthy, delicious snacks and lunches for school children without creating additional waste in landfills. Topics covered in the program include: Creative examples of fun, healthy lunches; the environmental impact of single-serving packaging; sources for environmentally-friendly food container; healthy alternatives to common lunchbox staples; ideas for a wide variety of high-protein snacks; and composting. For more information, visit www.pioneersprings.org, or call 704-236-9610.